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DESIGNING

LIVES

EMPOWERING

WOMEN

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About

Custom collaborative...

is a New York City-based entrepreneurship and workforce development program that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch viable apparel careers and businesses. By learning the standard techniques and ethical business practices of the garment industry, our clients professionalize their sewing and design skills, overcome barriers to employment, and ultimately, change the economics of the apparel industry.

 

What We Do

CC teaches women to create and sell high-quality and sustainably sourced made-to-measure garments, enabling them to support themselves and to meet other women’s need for clothing that actually fits. CC customers find a valuable alternative to the “fast fashion” that exploits people and the environment, while trainees and graduates receive support for their development and entrepreneurial endeavors.

 
 
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Programs

 

TRAINING

Custom Collaborative's comprehensive training program covers the art, craft, technique, and business of clothing. Our 3rd 14-week training cohort began in November.  We are creating a network of skilled professionals and cultivating a customer base to extend Custom Collaborative's social and economic impact.

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Incubator 

Custom Collaborative offers management consulting, mentorship, technical assistance, advanced training, and professional equipment to participants who have completed the training program and to others in the garment industry. Our goal is to maximize the opportunity to create jobs and strengthen local economies.

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worker-owned cooperative

A worker-owned sewn-goods cooperative comprised of Custom Collaborative graduates. We accept sample and contract manufacturing orders of 1 - 200 pieces. We sell made-to-measure clothes to individual clients.

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SUPPORT US

Support for Custom Collaborative creates work and businesses for low-income women in garment manufacturing. Your generous gift helps participants professionalize and get hands-on experience, as well as start new new careers as artisans and entrepreneurs. 

WHAT YOUR gift SUPPORTS

Custom Collaborative's comprehensive training program covers the art, craft, technique, and business of clothing. Our 3rd 14-week training cohort began in November.  We are creating a network of skilled professionals and cultivating a customer base to extend Custom Collaborative's social and economic impact. 


$1,200: Stipend for one Training Institute student

$800: Industrial machine

$400: Museum field trip for one class

$200: Class supplies for one student


OTHER WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT US

 

 
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In-kind donations

  • Donate dress forms, fabric and sewing machines.
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Volunteer

  • Volunteer as a model for students (women of all sizes and shapes are needed).
  • Volunteer as a classroom assistant.
  • Volunteer as a guest speaker. 
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Partner with us

  • Introduce us to donors and investors.
  • Refer potential students to our program.
  • Talk to us about contract manufacturing.
  • Talk to us about hiring graduates.
 

THANK YOU

We are grateful for the support of our partners and donors who are dedicated to helping low-income women obtain education and networks so they can access good paying careers. We extend special thanks to The Riverside Church.

Corporations

Alder, New York

Eileen Fisher

Lafayette 148 New York

Wesley, Brown & Bartle

Foundations

Cottonwood Foundation

Darma Fund

Eileen Fisher Community Foundation

Goldman Sachs Gives

Hyde and Watson Foundation

New York Women's Foundation

Valentine Perry Snyder Fund

Individuals

Chinonso Akano, Rhonda Allen, Raquel Alston, Ifeyinwa Anoliefo, Anonymous, Ava Bynum, Susan Bynum, Deborah Chay, Ruth Conner, Tricia Davies, Dennis Derryck, Greg Dolan, Angelique Dorsey, Melody Rollins Downes, Steven & Susie Feldman, Reverend Cathy S. Gilliard, Cristina Gonzalez, Victoria Grant, Dr. Adam Hill, Suwha Hong,  Kerry James, David Jones, Veronica Jones, Amini Kajunju, Patricia J. Kozu, Rana LaPine, Christian Lem, Michele Long, Marsha Modeste, Carol Baldwin Moody, Alisia Moore, James Okaro, Ngozi Okaro, Nnabike Okaro, Amarachi Onouha, Eric Palmer, Christine Pomeranz, Michelle Pryce-Screen, Andrea Rogers, Vanna Sin, Denise Slater, Ramona Sunderwirth, Elaine Reiss, Juliana Rowe, Solade Rowe, Sharona Sankar-King, Laurel Schaffer, Willa Shalit, Vivian Taylor, Soo Uhm, Enrique Godoy Ynzenga, Carl Webb, Susan York

PARTNERS